As we approach the end of 2020, most of us will spend time reflecting on what a surprising and, yes, unprecedented, year it’s been. We’ve witnessed and experienced unimaginable hardships in our communities and across the nation and world.
Of the many things I’ve learned this year, this lesson sticks out to me the most: When times are tough, people rise to the occasion. I’ve seen this in our medical professionals and essential workers. I’ve seen it in the many incredible nonprofits serving communities throughout the pandemic. And as President of Vanguard Charitable, I’ve seen it among our donors, who have broken granting records this year, and who tell me how important it is to them to help in a meaningful way.
With all that’s happened, so many of us want to help in any way we can, but it’s difficult to know where to start.